Montana Search and Rescue Save Utah Father and Son Just in Time

A Utah father and his 12-year-old son became lost while hiking in the Spanish Peaks area of Montana. The man’s wife reported her husband and son missing when they didn’t return from their hike. Search and rescue crews were deployed on snowmobiles and skis in freezing temperatures to search for the father and son.

"I don’t care if you are a search and rescue volunteer or a deputy sheriff law enforcement person. You do this for one reason and that was yesterday, that was to help people and to save lives," Sheriff Brian Gootkin with the Gallatin County Sheriff's Department said.

Search and rescue crews found the 12-year-old boy who was laying down in the snow sleeping. Gootkin said that if he had been out there for much longer he more than likely wouldn’t have survived.

"The boy described being able to walk on top of the snow while his father was sinking past his knees. As the boy got further ahead of his dad he eventually lost contact and became disoriented but headed in the general direction of their car."  

Two hours later, crews found the boy’s father who was conscious but hypothermic. Both the father and son were transported to the University of Utah Burn Center to be treated for frost bite.

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